Monday, November 1, 2010

Zuma overhauls the Cabinet

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma announced a major cabinet reshuffle on Sunday, removing ten ministers including those responsible for communications and labour.

Zuma removed Barbara Hogan as minister of public enterprises and Siphiwe Nyanda as communications minister.

Hogan will be replaced by Malusi Gigaba, who is currently deputy minister of home affairs, Zuma told reporters in Cape Town today. Nyanda will be replaced by Roy Padayachee, he said.

Zuma told a press conference that the reshuffle was aimed at strengthening government ministries and to help improve the provision of basic services and improve the lives of the poor.

"We have taken a long and hard look at some departments with a view to strengthen some ministries and noted some of them needed additional deputy ministers to assist them in their duties," Zuma said when announcing the reshuffle in the presidential guest house in Pretoria.

Media had been speculating for weeks about a Cabinet shuffle.

Zuma also added deputies in several ministries, including police.

"We had to change the way government works in order to improve service delivery. Our mission was guided by improving the quality of the lives of South Africans," he said.

•Nyanda was replaced by Padayachie. His deputy would be Obed Bapele.
•Public Works Minister Geoff Doidge was replaced by Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde.
•Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya was replaced by Lulu Xingwana.
•Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana was replaced by Mildred Oliphant.
•Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica was replaced by Edna Molewa.
•Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi gets a deputy minister, Ayanda Dlodlo.
•Hogan was replaced by Malusi Gigaba. His deputy is Benedict Martin.
•Sports and Recreation Minister Makhenkesi Stofile was replaced by Fikile Mbalula.
•Arts and Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana was replaced by Paul Mashatile.
•Social Development Minister Edna Molewa was replaced by Bathabile Dlamini.

Oct 31 2010 19:21

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